Research Excellence & Impact

Excellence in Research for Australia

University of Wollongong delivering world-class research 

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative aims to identify and promote excellence across the full spectrum of research activity, including discovery and applied research, in Australia's higher education institutions. ERA reflects the Government's commitment to a transparent, streamlined approach to the evaluation of the quality of research undertaking in Australia's universities.

UOW’s standing as a world class research intensive university has been confirmed with the Australian Research Council’s 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report revealing a sustained strong performance in the number of disciplines rated well above world standard. 

ERA Outcomes 2018 

  • 90% of UOW’s disciplines that were assessed in ERA 2018 were rated as “At”, “Above”, or “Well above world standard”. *
  • 73% of UOW’s assessed disciplines were rated as “Above”, or “Well above world standard”. *
  • The number of UOW disciplines rated as “Well above world standard” has more than tripled since 2012. *

*Based on results at the 4-digit FOR code level
 

ERA Rankings 5

UOW was rated "Well above world standard” in a variety of disciplines, including 2 two-digit FOR code and 23 four-digit FOR codes:

- 0102 Applied Mathematics
- 0104 Statistics
- 02 Physical Sciences
- 0204 Condensed Matter Physics
- 0299 Other Physical Sciences
- 03 Chemical Sciences
- 0301 Analytical Chemistry
- 0302 Inorganic Chemistry
- 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
- 0304 Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
- 0305 Organic Chemistry
- 0306 Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
- 0401 Atmospheric Sciences
- 0403 Geology
- 0502 Environmental Science and Management
- 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
- 0602 Ecology
- 0607 Plant Biology
- 0804 Data Format
- 0907 Environmental Engineering
- 0912 Materials Engineering
- 1109 Neurosciences
- 1110 Nursing
- 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- 2101 Archaeology

 

ERA Rankings 4

UOW was rated “Above world standard” in 10 two-digit FOR codes and 22 four-digit FOR codes:

- 01 Mathematical Sciences
- 0101 Pure Mathematics
- 04 Earth Sciences
- 0402 Geochemistry
- 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
- 05 Environmental Sciences
- 06 Biological Sciences
- 08 Information and Computing Sciences
- 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
- 0806 Information Systems
- 09 Engineering
- 0905 Civil Engineering
- 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- 0913 Mechanical Engineering
- 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
- 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering
- 11 Medical and Health Sciences
- 1103 Clinical Sciences
- 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
- 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
- 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
- 1604 Human Geography
- 1608 Sociology
- 1701 Psychology
- 18 Law and Legal Studies
- 1801 Law
- 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
- 20 Language, Communication and Culture
- 2005 Literary Studies
- 21 History and Archaeology
- 2103 Historical Studies
- 2203 Philosophy
 

 

ERA Rankings 3 

UOW was rated “At world standard” in 9 two-digit FOR codes and 8 four-digit FOR codes:

- 0205 Optical Physics
- 0803 Computer Software
- 0910 Manufacturing Engineering
- 1117 Public Health and Health Services
- 13 Education
- 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
- 14 Economics
- 1402 Applied Economics
- 1502 Banking, Finance and Investment
- 1505 Marketing
- 16 Studies in Human Society
- 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
- 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
- 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
- 2001 Communication and Media Studies
- 2002 Cultural Studies
- 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
 


 Engagement and Impact Assessment Outcomes 2018

  • 95% of UOW’s disciplines that were assessed in EI 2018 were rated as “High” or “Medium” for research impact.*
  • 77% of UOW’s disciplines that were assessed in EI 2018 were rated as “High” or “Medium” for their approach to impact.*
  • 70% of UOW’s disciplines that were assessed in EI 2018 were rated as “High” or “Medium” for engagement.*
    *Based on results at the 2-digit FOR code level

Impact

High

UOW was rated as demonstrating research impact that “made a highly significant contribution beyond academia” in the following disciplines:
- 05 Environmental Sciences
- 18 Law and Legal Studies
- 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
- 21 History and Archaeology
- ID Interdisciplinary
- IN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander


Medium

UOW was rated as demonstrating research impact that “made a significant contribution beyond academia” in the following disciplines:
- 01 Mathematical Sciences
- 02 Physical Sciences
- 03 Chemical Sciences
- 04 Earth Sciences
- 06 Biological Sciences
- 09 Engineering
- 11 Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
- 11 Public and Allied Health Sciences
- 13 Education
- 14 Economics
- 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
- 16 Studies in Human Society
- 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
- 20 Language, Communication and Culture
- 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies

Approach to Impact

High

UOW was rated as demonstrating “highly effective and well-integrated mechanisms to encourage the translation of research into impacts beyond academia” in the following disciplines:
- 06 Biological Sciences
- 18 Law and Legal Studies

Medium

UOW was rated as demonstrating “effective and integrated mechanisms to encourage the translation of research into impacts beyond academia” in the following disciplines:
- 02 Physical Sciences
- 03 Chemical Sciences
- 05 Environmental Sciences
- 09 Engineering
- 11 Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
- 11 Public and Allied Health Sciences
- 13 Education
- 14 Economics
- 16 Studies in Human Society
- 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
- 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
- 20 Language, Communication and Culture
- 21 History and Archaeology
- ID Interdisciplinary
- IN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Engagement

High

UOW was rated as demonstrating “highly effective interactions between researchers and research end-users outside of academia” in the following disciplines:
- 09 Engineering
- 18 Law and Legal Studies
- 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing

Medium

UOW was rated as demonstrating “effective interactions between researchers and research end-users outside of academia” in the following disciplines:
- 01 Mathematical Sciences
- 03 Chemical Sciences
- 06 Biological Sciences
- 11 Public and Allied Health Sciences
- 13 Education
- 14 Economics
- 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
- 16 Studies in Human Society
- 20 Language, Communication and Culture
- 21 History and Archaeology
- 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies

 


Further Information

 

Last reviewed: 3 April, 2019